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  1. Twins Draft Preview: Mock Draft v.2.0

    This is the second go-around at putting a mock draft together. The final installment will come on draft-day morning.

    1. Houston - Brady Aiken, LPH, California prep - It’s becoming more apparent that the Astros are looking to save some cash here. If they can do that and get the top pitcher in the draft, great. If they can do that and not take a pitcher, that might be better. But for now, it’s Aiken. (Last week: Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State)

    2. Miami - Alex Jackson, C/OF, ...
  2. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #7: Memorial Day

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ID:	7589On this week’s episode of the No Juice Podcast, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman decided to work on a holiday.

    This episode contains all of the recommended weekly dosage of Twins talk in addition to wedding preparations, Timberwolves coaching issues, Little Big League and we answer all of your #BurningQuestions. Dan also agrees to shave his head if the Twins are above .500 on June 16th. Nothing will happen to Parker’s hair if Dan is right. Stay tuned.
  3. Should we be worried about Ricky Nolasco?

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins made a big splash back in December, signing Ricky Nolasco to a 4 year, $49 million contract with a team option for a fifth year. It was the largest contract the Twins had given during free agency and it marked a change in philosophy related to building a team. The Twins were no longer going to simply rely on home-grown talent and smaller signings. They wanted to sign a player who could lead their rotation for a couple of years ...
  4. Twins Playing Over Their Heads, But That's OK

    On Tuesday night, the Twins stole another one away.

    You'd have a hard time arguing they outplayed the Rangers, who outhit them 9-6 and had a one-run lead entering the ninth before Joakim Soria uncharacteristically blew a save (his first of the year, in fact) and took the loss when he misplayed a nubber back to the mound with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

    Hey, a win's a win.

    That's been a good mantra for the Twins, who find themselves within a ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Tomshaw Twirls Gem

    On Tuesday it was announced that New Britain Rock Cats outfield Daniel Ortiz was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 19th-May 25th. Over six games, he hit .480 with four doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He had at least one hit in all six games and he post back-to-back three hit nights earlier in the week. During the last week, Ortiz lead the league in slugging percentage (.960), OPS (1.460) and tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (7)

  6. Kohl Stewart Reflects on the Draft & His First Year as a Professional

    The 2014 MLB First Year Amateur Player Draft is right around the corner and hundreds of high school and college ballplayers are counting the hours before the Houston Astros go on the clock with the first pick of the draft on Thursday, June 5.

    One year ago, Kohl Stewart was an 18 year-old pitcher anxiously awaiting the draft. Today, Stewart, who was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the fourth overall pick of the first round, is a couple of months in to his first full year of ...

    Updated 05-27-2014 at 03:20 PM by SD Buhr

  7. Twins Hangouts, May 27: Episode 26

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Size:  11.7 KBJoin Seth and me tonight as we discuss the last week of action in Twins Territory. We'll be sure to discuss the latest roster moves as well as the recent decision by Aaron Hicks to give up switch-hitting. What's this latest losing streak mean? We'll talk about that too. If you have questions, please leave them below.

  8. Walks Don't Haunt Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes signed during the off-season to help remedy some of Minnesota's starting pitching woes over the last two seasons. Hughes was coming off a rough final season in New York where he posted an ERA over 5.00 and his WHIP topped out at 1.46. Hughes was charged with a career high 14 losses and he probably couldn't get out of town fast enough.

    "Walks Will Haunt" was the message played to taunt opposing pitchers inside the Metrodome. Apparently, Hughes has taken that message to heart ...
  9. Twins Draft Preview: Kyle Freeland

    In his most recent mock draft, Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com had the Twins taking Tyler Kolek at the fifth spot, but among the other candidates he listed the Twins might be looking at he included Kyle Freeland.

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    Who is this guy?

    Coming out of a Denver, CO high school in 2011, Freeland was drafted in the 35th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, but did not sign and headed to play baseball at a Division-I school, the University of ...
  10. It's All Right: Hicks Gives Up Switch-Hitting

    The first two years of Aaron Hicks' major-league career have been humbling to say the least. He's gone from first-round prep superstar and top prospect to apparent bust; from appointed center fielder and leadoff man to "unprepared" problem child.

    The skills that have carried Hicks to this point aren't keeping him afloat. But to his credit, the 24-year-old has proven willing to look inward, and is now implementing a drastic change.

    Hicks announced on Monday that he is ...
  11. Someone needs to wake Gardy up

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    I have been a Ron Gardenhire fan for a long time but I have to admit even I am more than a bit confused and irritated with his recent infatuation for having his players play multiple positions. I understand that a team needs to have utility players that can play multiple positions but there is no need to have each player on the 25 man roster be able to play multiple positions. I think
  12. What Colabello & Herrmann Mean to the Red Wings

    Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann wereboth optioned to the Rochester Red Wings Sunday night, and both players joinedthe Wings during their Memorial Day matinee at Frontier Field,Monday.

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    So what exactly is the plan for both ofthese players while they are in Rochester? Ultimately the goal is toget them back to the parent club in Minnesota, however what will their roles be while they're playing with the Red Wings.

    After ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Memorial Day in the Minors

    Happy Memorial Day!

    The Twins returned from their west coast trip fresh off of a Giant sweeping. They were in action Monday afternoon against the Rangers. It marked the first game that Aaron Hicks played as only a right-handed batter. It also marked the first loss of Aaron Hicks’ career playing as only a right-handed batter.

    After Sunday’s game, it was announced that both OF Josh Willingham and OF Oswaldo Arcia would be re-joining the Twins. Heading back to Rochester ...
  14. A Lament: Jarod Burton

    A Lament

    By Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822
    Retold by Paul Pleiss

    O world! O life! O time!
    On whose last steps Jarod Burton doth climb,
    Trembling at that where he had stood 66ft 6in before;
    When will return the glory of your prime?
    No more—Oh, never more!

    Out of the day and night
    A joy has taken flight;
    Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar,
    Move my faint heart with grief, but with ...
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